Thank you for investing in the mission and vision of the Center for Youth Ministry Training! God continues to do amazing things through CYMT as we impact the Kingdom one youth ministry at a time.
With 31 graduate residents working at 28 different partner churches, there is no shortage of Good News to report about what God is doing through our ministry, but here are a few things that stand out since our last investor update:
CYMT continues to gain national recognition as a leader in youth ministry education. Andrew Zirschky, our Academic Director, served as one of the leaders for the theological track at the National Youth Workers Convention this fall. CYMT continues to be a leader in the conversation of how we train and equip youth ministers for ministry.
Finally, we are excited to welcome three new members to our board: Donald Reid (BUMC), Bryant Tirrill (FPC), and Jeff Wilson (FPC).
Thank you for your support of this vitally important ministry.
Dietrich “Deech” Kirk
CYMT is proud to announce the expansion of our original initiative into Theology Together 2.0. CYMT aims to develop a curriculum to be used in local congregations and ministries. Taking what we have learned about engaging youth in deep theological reflection during missional experiences and embedding those processes into congregational youth ministries.
"I hope students come away from my courses with the ability to think more deeply, richly and theologically about their youth ministry practice. I think a lot of what happens in youth ministry happens unreflectively and can be deforming to young people, and my courses are intended to give students a theological framework for evaluating and reforming their youth ministry practice."
Of course, I want students to drink deeply from the academic readings, lectures and discussions, and I want them to be informed by the academics. But more than that, I want them to see that youth ministry is a calling of God, an important part of God’s mission in the world, one that should give them pride and evoke humility at the same time.